This is the official start of the countdown to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015! My name is Louise, and together with the other bloggers from Sweden we will take you with us along the fantastic journey to Japan and the international World Scout Jamboree. This will be the second time I'll attend an international Scout Camp, the first time was when Sweden stood host for the Jamboree in 2011, but this is the first time I'll attend an international event in another country. I have been looking forward to this Jamboree in Japan ever since me and my friends went to the Jamboree in Sweden, as you can see on the picture below.
|Waiting for the bus to Japan since summer of 2011.|
So who am I?Like I said earlier, my name is Louise. I am 21 years old and live in a small town north of Stockholm. I've been a scout since I was 6 years old, so for as much as 15 years! Gosh it has really been a while since I joined the Scout Movement. To fill my days I work in a kitchen, not as a chef but more like a kitchen assistant (köksbiträde in Swedish). When I don't work I tend to fill my time with friends, training, reading and of course scouting.
|Me, Happy Swedish Scout, four years ago on the Jamboree held in Sweden 2011.|
And what exactly is a Jamboree?To simplify it, a Jamboree is a big, big camp where Scouts from all over the world gather to meet each other and do things together. The Jamboree is held every forth year in different countries and it is a once in a lifetime experience. Well almost. To attend the Jamboree as a participant, you have to be between the ages of 14 to 18, and therefore it is a once in a lifetime experience. But, how can I as a 21 year old attend? Someone has to work! To make a Jamboree happen you will need someone to host it, someone to plan it, someone to attend it and someone who will do the hard work.
The World Scout Jamboree is an amazing experience and I recommend everyone who has a chance to attend one to do so.
During this time of our blogging I will show you the preparations one has to do before this kind of event, and later on take you with me on the adventure to Japan. I hope you will be following me and the other 2000 Swedish Scouts on the amazing journey to Japan and the 23rd World Scout Jamboree!
|A few scouts on one of the events during the Jamboree in 2011.|
All photos are taken by me. ©